Caramel Chocolate Oat Bars - the most delicious bars that you'll ever taste, oozing with chocolate & creamy caramel. Easy, gooey, & sure to please a crowd!  | NOMaste Kitchen
Caramel Chocolate Oat Bars
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Cooling Time
3 hrs
Total Time
1 hr
 

Caramel Chocolate Oat Bars - the most delicious bars that you'll ever taste, oozing with chocolate & creamy caramel. Easy, gooey, & sure to please a crowd! 

Course: Dessert
Keyword: Cookie Bars, Cookies
Servings: 16 squares
Author: NOMaste Kitchen
Ingredients
Oat Layers:
  • 3/4 cup butter melted  (I used unsalted butter, 1 1/2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of whole-rolled old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch salt optional and to taste
Caramel and Chocolate Layers:
  • 35 caramel squares unwrapped (I used individually wrapped Kraft caramels found in the candy aisle)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup or more if desired semi-sweet chocolate (chips or chunks - whatever you prefer!)
Instructions
For the Oat Layers
  1. Preheat Oven to 350F.
  2. Using an 8x8 pan, line with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray (I HIGHLY recommend this if you do not want to be left with a very sticky mess later on).
  3. In a medium microwave-safe mixing bowl, add 3/4 cup butter and heat until melted. About 60-90 seconds on high power.
  4. Add 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract - whisk or mix until fully combined and smooth.
  5. Add flour, oats, baking soda, and salt (if desired) to this mixture and stir until all ingredients are moistened.
  6. Add half of this mixture to the pre-prepared pan (does not have to be exact). Smooth out with spatula or use hands to spread as evenly as possible over bottom of pan (any holes will allow caramel to seep through!); set remaining oat mixture aside.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes. While this cookie layer is in the oven, we can begin our caramel!
For the Caramel and Chocolate Layers
  1. For Microwave: Heat contents on high for 60 second intervals, stirring between each heat burst. This will likely take 4-5 minutes before caramel is fully melted and will combine with cream fully. For stovetop: Put caramels and cream over medium heat in a saucepan and stir continuously until caramel and cream have fully combined and are smooth.

For Assembly
  1. After initial cookie layer has been cooking for 10 minutes, remove from oven and evenly sprinkle with chocolate.
  2. Slowly and evenly pour caramel sauce over chocolate (running hot water and soap over bowl or pan quickly will prevent a sticky solidified mess for later).

  3. Prepare for your hands to get buttery!

  4. Evenly crumble leftover oatmeal cookie dough over the caramel layer - don't worry if it feels like not all caramel is perfectly covered.

  5. Return pan to oven and back for about 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are browning slightly.

  6. Allow bars to cool completely on stove top before moving to fridge to cool for as long as possible - for best texture, we want the caramel to cool and set completely; this can take up to four hours - I recommend overnight for best result and easiest cutting into bars later on.

  7. Remove bars from pan (remove all aluminum foil from bars, if used).

  8. Cut and serve with milk (and napkins)!!

Recipe Notes

Storage: Bars will keep best in airtight container - If in fridge, will keep for two weeks. If at room temp, will keep for one week. If in freezer, will keep up to four months.